Billing to Avoid Ethics Complaints

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 30, 2013. When it comes to ethics complaints, nothing stirs the pot with a disgruntled client like a bill they believe is too high — and if they’re already unhappy, they are bound to think your bill is unreasonable. The trouble[…]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Represent Yourself During Attorney Discipline

Attorney discipline is a serious matter. Even relatively minor sanctions can have far reaching consequences that you may not have expected. Many lawyers decide to represent themselves for one reason: the cost associated with hiring a legal ethics defense lawyer. However, before you decide to represent yourself, you should consider the following 5 reasons you[…]

Answered: The Most Asked Questions about Legal Ethics Sanctions

Being subjected to legal sanctions after a disciplinary hearing doesn’t mean that the situation has come to a close. It creates more questions. Here are the answers to the most asked questions about legal ethics sanctions. Do I Have to Report the Legal Sanctions? Yes. You must report the sanctions in any jurisdiction in which[…]

Legal Ethics Issues: Career Recovery After Bar Discipline

One of the most common legal ethics issues is how a lawyer can recover their career after bar discipline. Bar discipline isn’t just a slap on the wrist and then you go on your merry way. It can have long-reaching consequences. Lawyers often end up facing the legal ethics committee more than once. Is it[…]

Lawyer Suspension: How Will It Actually Affect You?

Lawyer suspension is one of the most common punishments in attorney disciplinary proceedings. Yet, how will it actually affect you? Here’s what you need to know. You Don’t Just Walk Away from Everything During Lawyer Suspension If you’re suspended by the state bar, you don’t just stop everything. There are certain things that you must[…]

Fitness to Practice Law Being Questioned After You Relocate? Read These 5 Suggestions

Earlier this week, we shared information with you on ethical relocation as a lawyer. Even with the best intentions, mistakes are sometimes made. If you neglect something that the is required by the state bar in your new jurisdiction, you could receive a letter questioning your fitness to practice law. Getting that letter is a[…]

Ethics Complaint from the California Bar? Read This Before You Respond

If you’ve received an ethics complaint from the California Bar, take heart. You’re certainly not alone. The California Bar releases an annual discipline report generally in April of each year. On the day this post was written, the most recent annual discipline report was released on April 30, 2017 and covered 2016. During 2016, the[…]

The Best Attorney Discipline Advice You’re Not Taking

Thousands of attorneys undergo the stress of attorney discipline in their jurisdiction each year. According to statistics provided by the ABA, just over 1,000 lawyers were nationally disbarred in 2011. During that year, 674 lawyers filed petitions for reinstatement and only 67 of those petitions were granted. Attorney Discipline Investigations Are Stressful If you’ve never[…]

Attorney Suspension: What Is It? Can You Survive If It Happens to You?

Attorney suspension occurs as a disciplinary action taken when a lawyer faces an ethical complaint, undergoes an investigation, and is subsequently found to have violated professional conduct rules. ABA Model Rule 27 defines the obligations of an attorney has if they are suspended. An attorney has ten days to notify all of their clients, co-counsel,[…]